April 2018 Hghlighted Educator
Every month, Cube For Teachers highlights an educator that is recognized for their ongoing collaboration, helping other educators by sharing and curating effective teaching resources.
This month’s recognized educator on Cube for Teachers is Aaron Middlemiss (amiddlemiss) who has shared numerous resources on Cube pertaining to coding, computational thinking and robotics.
We asked Aaron a few questions. Here’s what he had to share…
Who is Aaron Middlemiss?
“Let’s see…I am High School English and Drama teacher in Ontario, Canada, with a passion for both the arts and technology. I am currently working as a MakerSpace / Coding / eLearning Technology Innovator for my school board. I have gone from teaching students how to write essays, to helping educators boost their understanding of digital citizenship and modern technology. I am also a writer, occasional podcaster, gamer, pop culture geek, home-cook and father to some really amazing kids!”
When it comes to education, what are you passionate about?
“For me, I am passionate about helping others open their minds to something beyond what is in front of them. Whether I am teaching Drama, or delving into a new coding app, I like to show people that whatever we are working on, those disparate ideas and concepts can connect to something bigger. I love showing teachers how making and coding can be right at home in their own courses or lessons, even if they’re not teaching a tech subject. It opens up a mindset that reveals endless possibilities that can then resonate in their own students. I am also passionate about storytelling, listening to stories, and letting others find their passions in their stories. I find the best lessons, the best outcomes in education, always come from the things the students are passionate about. I always try to let the students’ passions come out in their work, and how emerging technologies and ideas can help them realize their dreams.”
Is there a new frontier in education you are gearing up to explore?
“I want to explore more student centric / alternate styles of education that blend into other curriculums and real world experiences. I learned a lot in school as a kid, but sometimes, some of the most important things I learned were outside the classroom, or following another passion. It’s amazing to see so many opportunities for students to connect their classroom lessons to the world around them. I want to explore more opportunities for students to bring their personal experiences into the classroom.”
What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower?
“I am willing to spitball and share some ideas with you! Also, if you’re looking for makerSpace or coding resources, I have them and I’m always willing to share them with anyone who asks. Beg, borrow, share and share some more! Good teachers, build. Great teachers, share.”
Do you have Cube folders we can share with the global community of educators?
What resources are you currently searching for?
“I’d love to see cross-curriculum resources for coding, making, and anything tech related. I would love to see how some teachers are using their technology and makerspaces in other classes to help students realize their passions.”
Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?
“Just that Free Comic Book day is coming up on Saturday May 5th. Please visit your local comic book shops and drop a couple of bucks to keep these underfunded and under appreciated establishments in business! Comics & graphic novels are books for everyone! Also, here’s a link to a Smore I fashioned on how to get the Maker Movement rolling in your school. https://www.smore.com/4v9d0“
Stay connected on Cube for Teachers and be sure to follow Aaron MIddlemiss (amiddlemiss) for additional resources.
On behalf of all educators in search of valuable resources, thank you, Aaron!
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